DURATION: 9 Days
PLACE TO VISIT: Arusha NP, Tarangire NP, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti NP & Lake Manyara NP
THE ITINERARY FOR 9 DAYS SAFARI
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT
Representative of Sirikwa Travel will meet you at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and escort you to tonight’s accommodations in Moshi. As local Tanzania’s our guides know the country with unrivaled familiarity, so you’ll be in good hands from the moment you land to the moment you leave.
Meal Plan: Bed& Breakfast
Dinner & Overnight: Salinero Hotel
DAY 2: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
You will picked up from the hotel around 6:00am and drive to Arusha National Park for game viewing. The park is dominated by Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain, 4,565m. There is a good range of animal species represented; you can expect to see hippos, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, waterbucks, and bushbucks, although more interesting sightings such as reedbucks, leopards and hyenas are much more occasional. They are also quite alkaline and therefore provide a year-round breeding area for flamingoes. After your tour around the park, you will be transferred to the Lodge/hotel for your overnight stay.
DAY 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After your breakfast at the lodge/hotel at Arusha you will be picked by your tour guide and transferred to Tarangire National Park. You will be welcomed by the ancient and gigantic Baobab trees, which make even animals like the giraffe look tiny. The game drive goes on till about late afternoon and includes a small stop for a picnic lunch. The 3,000 Sq Kms Park gets its name from the Tarangire River that flows through it. The river attracts a lot of diverse animals and you should be able to spot a lot of elephants, giraffe, lions, antelopes and zebra. The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants, which offers a unique chance for you to observe interactions between elephant families. After your tour around the park, you will be transferred to the Lodge/Camp for your overnight stay.
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Pick up from the lodge/camp and transfer you to Lake Manyara national park for a game drive. The Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park), located at the foot of the Great Rift Valley’s western escarpment. The park’s varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara’s unique tree-climbing lions, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. . After your tour around Lake Manyara National Park, you will be transferred to the Lodge/Camp for your overnight stay.
DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After early breakfast at the lodge/camp, will drive to Ngorongoro gate and will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for a half day’s safari tour. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. After your tour around at the Ngorongoro Crater, you will be transferred to Serengeti National Park for your overnight stay at the Lodge/Camp.
DAY 6: FULL DAY AT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After the breakfast, you will do a full game viewing drive along the Sogore River Circuit, which loops into the plains south of the Seronera River, and which is good for possible lion, Thomson gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings. The visitor’s center not far from the Serengeti Seronera Lodge and public campsites is well worth a visit after the morning’s game drive. This nicely designed center, offers some interesting wildlife displays as well as a gift shop selling information leaflets and maps of the area. The center also has a shop where cold drinks and snacks can be purchased, as well as a picnic area and information trail up and around a nearby kopje. You will enjoy a relaxed picnic lunch at the center in the shade of the giant acacia trees.
In the afternoon, you will drive along the Kopjes Circuit, which goes anti-clockwise around the Maasai Kopjes, which usually attract a number of lion and some formidably large cobras. Kopjes are weathered granite outcrops, scattered around the plains, most of which are miniature ecosystems, providing shade and drinking water in pools left in the rock after the rains. This makes the kopjes particularly good for spotting wildlife in the dry seasons – including lions, which like to lie in wait for animals coming to drink!
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. After your tour around the park, you will be taken back to the Lodge/Camp for your overnight stay.
DAY 7: FULL DAY AT SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After morning breakfast at the camp/Lodge, will start a game drive till afternoon then we shall drive back to the camp for the hot lunch then having little rest. From 4:00pm, we shall start the evening game drive till 6:00pm.
DAY 8: HALF DAY GAME DRIVE - MOSHI
After early breakfast at the lodge, we will start driving out of Serengeti while doing a game on route driving back to Moshi and you will dropped at your Hotel in Moshi in the evening.
Dinner & Overnight: Salinero Hotel
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
DAY 9: DEPARTURE
You will be picked up from the hotel and be transferred to the airport to catch up your flight back home.